No Proposal to Reintroduce National Judicial Appointments Commission: Govt in Rajya Sabha

Last Update: December 08, 2022, 20:08 IST

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has been attacking the collegium system, calling it at variance with the Constitution.  (Image: @KirenRijiju/Twitter/File)

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has been attacking the collegium system, calling it at variance with the Constitution. (Image: @KirenRijiju/Twitter/File)

The NJAC Act, which sought to reverse the collegium system of appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges, was struck down by the apex court in 2015.

There is currently no proposal to re-introduce a bill on the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. Responding to a question by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and CPI-M’s John Brittas whether the government proposes to reintroduce the NJAC with “suitable amendments”, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in a written reply Said that “there is currently no such proposal”.

The NJAC Act, which sought to reverse the collegium system of appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges, was struck down by the apex court in 2015.

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The NJAC bill and an accompanying constitution amendment were passed by the Parliament almost unanimously.

Rijiju has been attacking the collegium system, calling it “alien” to the Constitution.

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar in his maiden speech in the Upper House on Wednesday criticized the judiciary for scrapping the NJAC law, terming it as a “serious compromise of parliamentary sovereignty” and said the three organs have to be respected. Need “Laxman Rekha”.

Dhankhar had expressed similar views on two earlier occasions in the recent past.

Recently, he called it a “serious” matter that there was “no whisper” in Parliament after the Supreme Court struck down the NJAC law.

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